NYPD slammed as footage shows officers ‘kidnapping’ a BLM protester with an unmarked van

Caught on camera: NYPD officers shoved a transgender protester into an unmarked vehicle during a BLM demonstration. 

On Tuesday, during a protest against racism and police brutality in Manhattan, a trans person was violently shoved into a van by NYPD policemen. The scene caused a massive wave of online unrest, with people calling the incident “kidnapping”.

Shocking footage taken by an onlooker shows the officers forcefully cramming the protester into the unmarked van. Some find similarities between the disturbing scene in Manhattan and the police aggression in Portland, Oregon.

WARNING: The following video contains graphic images and NSFW language!

The distressing video shows plainclothes police vigorously shoving the demonstrator into an unmarked van.

Meanwhile, officers in bright yellow vests are keeping the other protesters from interrupting the action.

Perco Lately reveals that the protester has been identified as an 18-year-old homeless trans woman named Nicki. She was one of the leaders at the BLM demonstration on Tuesday. Nicki was “kidnapped” at 2nd Avenue and 25th Street in Manhattan.

A 32-year-old protester, who chose not to give his name, told Gothamist:

“Suddenly there was an unmarked grey van that moved out in front of us that had been waiting for us. Four guys jumped out and a line of police bicycles came out from down the block — we hadn’t seen them. They pushed us back. They grabbed Nicki like she was a rag doll…They had her arms on her neck and then they drove off.”

According to the protester, officers are “targeting” the leaders of the BLM demonstrations. 

On their official Twitter account, NYPD stated that the woman was wanted for “damaging police cameras during 5 separate criminal incidents in & around City Hall Park”.

In a follow-up tweet, the department claims their officers were “assaulted with rocks and bottles”. They also explained why their operation included an unmarked vehicle, saying it was the Warrant Squad’s approach to “to effectively locate wanted suspects”.

However, witnesses of the incident claim the accusation NYPD made, that their officers were assaulted, was a lie. Clara Kraebber, also an onlooker, said:

“None of that happened whatsoever. We literally turned the corner and were met with a line of police who attacked us without warning.”

Additionally, the New York Civil Liberties Union, New York’s state affiliate of the ACLU, called NYPD’s behavior “dangerous, abusive, and indefensible”. 

Furthermore, it was revealed that the arrested protester, Nicki Stone, 18, was charged with multiple counts of vandalism and criminal mischief for five recent incidents. She was released from custody a day after and met with cheers by fellow demonstrators.

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